Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tech Tip Tuesday - Cut, Copy, Paste

Last week I shared the Ctrl + F keyboard shortcut to help find a word or phrase in a document.  There are other shortcuts that use the Ctrl key also.

These are 3 shortcuts that I use the most often when editing my writing, creating student activities, moving information from an email to website (codes, URLs, etc), and much more.  For each one, highlight the text and then hold down the Ctrl key on the right or left side of your keyboard while you press the corresponding key.

Ctrl + X à This cuts something to paste later.  This means it will disappear from the original source until you paste it elsewhere.
Ctrl + C à This copies something to paste later.  This means it stays in the current place but lets you paste the identical thing elsewhere.

Ctrl + V à This pastes the last thing that you cut or copied to the clipboard.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Selfies - Beg of Year Project

At the beginning of the year I try to create a project that has a similar theme but can be differentiated across several different grades. This year? Selfies
This year Merriam-Webster (along with others) added Selfie to the dictionary.  Through this project students not only expressed themselves creatively but also navigated through the folders on our network - a big skill that students often forget over the summer (ISTE Standards for Students 1 and 6).

1st Grade - Created self portraits using Microsoft Paint.  This was a review of tools and toolbars that students used last year.

2nd Grade - Used the Pop Art Maker on Big Huge Labs to create a Warhol-inspired selfie masterpiece Student Directions

4th and 5th Grade - Used Tagxedo to create a word cloud selfie that describe them Student Directions

Self-portrait in Microsoft Paint
Warhol-inspired selfie masterpiece
Word cloud selfie in Tagxedo